The assertion mentioned the accident, which concerned an help vehicle and a neighborhood truck, killed 20-year-old Quentin Lavalée on the help liaison route.

The passenger, Belgian Maxime Frére, was injured and transported to the National Guards Hospital in Jeddah, the assertion added.

The French driver was chief mechanic on the 205 Turbo 16 racing the Dakar basic, in line with the assertion.

Separately, two days earlier than the start of the rally on December 30, a automotive exploded, severely injuring its French pilot, Philippe Boutron. The blast hit a help car belonging to French staff Sodicars quickly after it left its Jeddah resort for the race route prompting French prosecutors to open a terrorism investigation.

France begins terrorism probe into Saudi Arabia blast ahead of Dakar Rally
The Dakar Rally was held in Europe and Africa from 1979 to 2007 however was moved to South America after which the Middle East in 2020 after the 2008 occasion was canceled following safety issues.

There are historically 5 main car classes in the Dakar Rally: vehicles, motorbikes, vans, UTVs and quad bikes.


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